An alluring gem of a chapbook, "Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings" follows Mong-Lan's much-lauded "Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems." An absolute treasure tapestry of poems and paintings, this pocket-sized edition calls joy by its true name and makes pleasure an art. "Mong-Lan's poems are fresh and real as a street, full of the seriousness of pleasure. She has the same sense of joy that Kenneth Koch loved in the courage to sing, happiness of St.-John Perse. The courage of Frank O'Hara who said that the smallest idea in one's own head was better than an old idea in some other brain. . . . The Chinese speak of the three perfections: poetry, painting and calligraphy. But Mong-Lan speaks of the great imperfections that are better for being so. Her poems are full of the bright primaries of her brushstrokes. . . . I praise these poems of praise which collapse distance and makes us feel, as O'Hara seemed to say, poetry is just a telephone call away."-David Shapiro
|Publisher:||Valiant Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)|
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Exceptional chapbook of lovely poems and beautiful artwork. Mong-Lan poems of past wars in Vietnam, her personal memories as well as the trans-generational and collective memories of this past tragedy informs our present tragedies. On the opposite side of the coin, her odes to food present a beautiful almost comic relief. Her paintings depicted are gorgeous. Highly recommended.